US personal care giant Kimberly-Clark has partnered with biotech company RWDC Industries to design sustainable alternatives to traditional plastics, PR Newswire reported on 7 June.
The collaboration combines Kimberly-Clark’s experience in non-woven technologies and resin development with RWDC’s biopolymer solutions, the report said.
RWDC will supply Kimberley-Clark with its polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) source material, Solon, for the development of additional marine degradable products, the news agency wrote.
“We’ve seen the growing demand from consumers and governments for companies to provide more sustainable solutions to single-use plastics,” Kimberly-Clark’s vice president, global nonwovens, Liz Metz said.
Based in the USA and Singapore, RWDC uses plant-based oils to produce its PHA, which can be composted in home and industrial facilities. It is also biodegradable in soil, fresh water, and marine settings.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation produces mainly paper-based consumer products, including sanitary products and surgical & medical instruments. Its portfolio includes Huggies, Kleenex, and Andrex, according to the report.